Sound Auction Service

Lacey, WA 98503
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We provide complete estate services which can include entire estate clean outs. We will come to your location and pick up your quality items and return them to the gallery, where they will be categorized and sold via the internet. Onsite services are also available, which means we can sell your items right where they are. We can purchase your entire estate for a faster resolution if that is what you are looking for. We use our online auction site, which enables us to sell worldwide. We are always in need of items, so please contact us and let us know what you have. We are more than happy to help you out, especially in difficult times.

How it works


Sound Auction Service is dedicated to it's customers. We provide an honest and ethical approach to the auction industry. We provide a wide variety of services, which include the following.

1.-Online Estate Auctions

2.-Live Onsite Auctions

3.-Benefit Auction Service

4.-Storage and Lien Sale Auctions

5.-Estate Buyouts



We are able to take a single item or an entire home or business. We offer a free in person consultation without obligation. Give us a call at 360-339-3920 to schedule today.


We charge $2.00 per lot for cataloging.


Our commission is based on a sliding scale. It is on a per lot basis, meaning, whatever the sale price for that item or group of items. See the chart below. However, we do negotiate commission on high value items such as autos and equipment.

Sale Price From To Sound Auction Seller Net %
$0.00 $25.00 40.00% 60.00%
$25.01 $50.00 38.76% 61.24%
$50.01 $75.00 37.51% 62.49%
$75.01 $100.00 36.26% 63.74%
$100.01 $250.00 32.50% 67.50%
$250.01 $500.00 30.00% 70.00%
$500.01 $750.00 28.33% 71.67%
$750.01 $1,000.00 26.88% 73.12%
$1,000.01 $2,500.00 22.75% 77.25%
$2,500.01 $5,000.00 20.13% 79.87%
$5,000.01 $10,000.00 17.26% 82.74%
$10,000.01 $25,000.00 14.53% 85.47%
$25,000.01 $50,000.00 12.26% 87.74%

As you can see, the better items get the better rates.


Pick Up Services

We do offer pick up of items within a large portion of Western Washington. Packing and loading is an everyday day thing for us. At your free consultation, we will determine the amount of man power and resources necessary to complete your job. Below is a list of the resources available.

1.-Box Truck 8'x10' - $50.00 per trip within Thurston County (additional fee for outside county)

2.-Box Truck with 6'x12'  enclosed cargo trailer $100.00 per trip within Thurston County (additional fee for outside county)

3.-Box Truck with enclosed 8.5'x20' enclosed cargo trailer $150.00 per trip within Thurston County (additional fee for outside county)

4.-Any combination of the above is also available for large estate or businesses.

There is an hourly rate of $40.00 per man with a minimum of 1 hour. 

All commissions and fees for pick up are taken from the gross sales of your items, so no money is needed up front.


What we don't take


2.-Particle board furniture

3.-Most clothes


5.-Items of low value(garage sale left overs)

6.-Damaged furniture

7.-Older TV's

8.-Need I go on

Our Sales

Sep 27 thru Oct 3
12pm (Wed)

SAS Warnock, Cantero Online Auction

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Lacey, WA 98503
Sep 27 thru Oct 3
12pm (Wed)
Lacey, WA 98503
Sep 29 thru Oct 5
5:30pm (Fri)

SAS Sewing, Arts/Crafts, Christmas Online Auction

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Lacey, WA 98503
Sep 29 thru Oct 5
5:30pm (Fri)
Lacey, WA 98503

Our Testimonials

Hey Cory,

I want you to know what you and your team have been and are doing is a HUGE blessing
and relief for ME. It's time for others to enjoy and love what my Dad
had, which is what he wanted. Keep doing what you're doing and I very much appreciate it. Both the realtor
and I were very impressed with your service and how you handle buyers.
You've got a great system for doing what you do. I can't imagine how
you all do what you do, but THANK YOU for offering a comprehensive
service for estate clearing because after the other local company comes in and
picks things over, it would be ME having to coordinate clearing the
property, which would have taken me months w/a lot of time and
headache. Thank you again for all you and your team is doing.

We'll be in touch,

Dear Sir or Madame,

I am writing to recommend Cory Ellis and his staff at Sound Auction Service. I was introduced to Cory in September of 2017 when my father passed away. Faced with cleaning out the property that has been in my family for eighty years, Cory and his expertise were a Godsend.

Cory met me at my father's house and with compassion and humor he walked through the years of accumulating with a knowledge second to none. He readily identified terms of value, items to be donated, and items to be recycled. A plan was developed and terms were agreed upon. The Sound Auction Service team arrived on the appointed day and proceeded to remove the contents of the 3 story house, garage, shop and paint booth in less than 36 hours!

Once the items were removed like items were put in lots, photographed, and descriptions added to be sold via online auction. At the conclusion of the auction payment was made promptly and with a detailed invoice. Cory kept me apprised of everything throughout the entire process.

In addition to the household and shop s, my father had 2 classic street rods. Not something that Cory usually deals in. He immediately went to work researching the best way to liquidate these cars for the most profit. In the end one was sent to auction and the other one came home to Oklahoma.

Cory went above and beyond what was expected. He contacted the auction company and walked me through consigning the car. He then transported the vehicle to auction and videotaped the car as it was being sold. Cory also made the arrangements for the second car to be shipped to Oklahoma. He coordinated the vehicle pick up in Washington, tracked its progress across the states, and checked the vehicle arrived in same condition it was put on the truck in.

I could not have done all that was accomplished in the last year without Cory's help. He helped to make a difficult transition easier. Cory's empathy and understanding were invaluable. His humor appreciated. Cory and the staff at Sound Auction Service would be a valuable asset to any project.

Best Regards,

Terry L. Spencer
Terry L. Spencer
Dear Whom it May Concern,

I'm the owner and a Senior Move Manager of Smooth Transitions South Sound, a move management company accredited by the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM). I essentially help seniors and/or their families downsize their estates and transition to a new home. As a NASMM member we are held to highly ethical standards. Our clientele can be vulnerable and often find themselves in fragile situations. I vet all of my business partners extensively and they must demonstrate to me they share the same values in their business practices. That's why Sound Auction Service is my trusted "go to" resource for my clients in need of Estate Auction. Not only is Cory Ellis is a walking Wikipedia of all things of value, we share the same commitment of ensuring ethical transparency in all we do. Unlike many auction services looking for big ticket items to ensure high profit margins prior to entertaining an auction, Sound Auction Service will evaluate my clients entire estate from gold filled teeth to Street Rod's! True Story :) Cory always humbly say's "Sometimes you have to take the good with the bad". Sound Auction Service uses a sliding scale commission structure meaning the more value the client has in the estate, a lower commission is taken out of the sale. I honestly don't know of any other Auction service that offers this. Cory Ellis ensures my clients get every penny they can which is so important to them in the later stages of retirement. It's always a pleasure working with the Sound Auction Service crew. They are always courteous, fast and efficient and have helped my disperse many large estates in a single day in order to get a client's house quickly on the market. It's an absolute honor and treat to work with Cory Ellis and Sound Auction Service, a company that offers a professional larger scale full service operated in a down to earth and humble fashion.


Ruth Christian

Smooth Transitions South Sound LLC

Kent, WA
Ruth Christian
Dear Whom it May Concern,

I met with Cory based on a recommendation from a trusted source. He met me and was very patient and candid about how everything would work. He answered all of my questions. I wanted low level of personal involvement because I don't have the time -- so the took care of everything, and I didn't even have to show up. They were done with the on-site work very quickly, and we received payment by the date we expected. The process went just like he said it would.

Matt Fox
Matt Fox
Hi Cory,

We have watched the auctions with fascination and astonishment! (Unfortunately, we missed the grand finale of the Asian Dragon item, but see the outcome online.)

Thank you, and your team, so much for all your efforts! We could not have imagined these results a few weeks ago. To think we considered running an estate sale with folks traipsing through our home and dealing with all the details personally. Frankly, we now wonder why we shipped as much of our stuff south, or ever hassled with garage sales over the last 20 years! Your team, your process, and the results surpassed our expectations.

Kudos! We will recommend your service to our friends and realtor.


Marshall Taylor/Dale Floe
Marshall Taylor/Dale FloeSeptember 2020

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